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Top 10 facts about rehab in the UK: All your addiction questions answered

Deciding to get help for your addiction is a very important decision, but it can also be a very daunting one.

You may have many questions about addiction itself, or rehab. But don’t worry, we are here to help.

Here at the Executive Rehab Guide, we are committed to providing advice and support to those who need it most.

So, whether you, or someone you love is struggling, of you have any questions, call us today on 0808 1150 446.

1. How does addiction work in the brain?

Addiction has many impacts on the brain.

The chemical makeup of substances such as stimulants, nicotine, opioids, alcohol and sedatives can cause the user to lose control of their body and impulses.

Prolonged use of any substance causes the brain to crave alcohol or drugs and this is how someone develops an addiction.

The brain sees the substance as a reward, which can lead to euphoric feelings or strange and unpredictable behaviour.

Read more about substance overdose.

 2. Does rehab cure addiction?

 This is a common question, and many ask whether rehab ‘works’.

Rehab can help kickstart the process of recovery, and residential rehab is seen as the most effective way of giving an individual the tools they need to continue a lifetime of sobriety.

Addiction treatment does not necessarily mean that a person is immediately cured of their addiction.

Sobriety is a journey that lasts a lifetime, as the addict develops healthy habits for a better life.

Curing addiction is more about the long-term journey. Rehab provides the important first step in this journey.

3. Can I pay for rehab with my insurance?

Whether or not you are covered on your insurance for rehab will depend on both the insurance policy you have in place, and the rehab clinic you are choosing to attend.

Most of the top rehabs, however, will accept insurance from major providers such as:

Insurance quote comparison guide.

If your insurance company is not listed, then get in touch today to see if your insurance will cover you.

 4. What should I know before calling a helpline?

Before you call an admissions team or addiction helpline, it can be useful to have some information at hand.

Helplines will usually ask the following:

  • History of substance abuse
  • What substances are being used?
  • Any co-occurring issues such as mental health issues
  • Insurance or funding options

If there is a medical emergency, then call 999 for emergency services or call 0808 159 3630 for immediate admissions.

5. Should I go away for rehab or stay local?

 It is completely understandable that you may be wary of going further afield, away from your family and friends, for rehab.

We often think of it in this way: Would you go on holiday just around the corner from where you live? More.

Rehab is a chance to begin regaining control of your life and going further afield means that you are further away from substance temptations, bad influences, and the temptation of going home early.

The UK’s top rehabs have family accommodation on site, so that seeing your friends and family is just as easy as if you stayed local.

The decision to travel for the best rehab treatment, or to stay local is up to you. If you would like more advice on which might be the best option for you, then get in touch with us today.

Call 0808 1150 446.

 6. Should I choose inpatient or outpatient treatment?

While both inpatient and outpatient treatment is centred around your recovery and rehabilitation, each has different approaches and factors to consider.

Whether you choose inpatient or outpatient treatment will depend on the severity of your situation.

inpatient or outpatient?

Inpatient rehab programmes, often also called residential rehab, are intensive programmes which are designed to treat serious addiction.

The treatment will include a detox, a 28-day residential programme, and integrated aftercare.

Want to know more about residential rehab?

Outpatient treatment is when the patient remains at home and goes to treatment sessions during the day. Though a cheaper option, it is far less effective for those with severe addiction.

Here, we weigh up the differences between outpatient and inpatient treatment.

 7. Will I get sacked for being an alcoholic?

Around 20% of people believe that if they open up to their employer about their addiction, then they will get fired.

This stops many from seeking the help they need as they desperately do not want to lose their job.

As an employer, you can help those struggling to come to terms with their addiction. Read more.

Employment policies will depend on the company, however employment law states that employers should treat substance dependence as an illness rather than a reason to sack someone.

You should not worry about approaching your boss about your addiction – they have a right to protect you and your wellbeing.

Read more about your employee rights here.

8. How does therapy help addiction?

Firstly, residential rehab therapy will take you away from your old life and temptations and allow you to truly focus on yourself and recovery.

Residential rehabs offer a variety of treatment and therapy options:

  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) helps you to recognise tendencies, moods and situations that cause drug or alcohol cravings, along with how to avoid these triggers.
  • Individual and group therapy allows you to share experiences in a safe space, and to learn that you are not alone. They also inspire motivation and positive incentives.
  • Family therapy allows families of those addicted to share their thoughts and feelings together and rekindle relationships and trust.
  • Holistic Therapy is focused on the individual, and developing healthy mindset by healing the mind, body and spirit rather than the illness.
  • Experiential therapy allows recovering addicts to express their thoughts through different mediums, such as art, drawing, and writing.

More about therapy options.

9. Can I receive letters and parcels during my time in rehab?

 As the typical residential rehab lasts around 28-days, most rehabs will allow letters and parcels to be sent to you while you are an inpatient.

These will be opened and checked prior to you receiving them as staff need to ensure that parcels and letters do not contain any substances you are trying to get clean from.

What can I bring to rehab?

10. Whatever your questions, we are here to help

Our therapists and addiction specialists provide essential advice and support for those in need, wherever you are, whatever your situation.

If you, a family member, friend or employee are struggling with addiction, then do not hesitate to contact us today on 0808 1150 446.

Last Updated on August 5, 2021 by Alison